Last minute geek Last minute geek and technology news, links, ideas and gift resources http://www.lastminutegeek.com/component/content/frontpage.html Mon, 24 Jun 2019 18:55:59 +0000 WorldDirector by Wornex International SRL en-gb The internet has become a "low-trust society" http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189272-the-internet-has-become-a-qlow-trust-societyq.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189272-the-internet-has-become-a-qlow-trust-societyq.html Writing in Wired, Zeynep Tufekci (previously) discusses how the internet has become a "low-trust society," where fake reviews, fraud, conspiracies and disinformation campaigns have burdened us all with the need to investigate every claim and doubt every promise, at enormous costs to time and opportunity. Low-trust societies aren't fun places to live. As Tufekci writes, "You expect to be cheated, often without recourse. You expect things not to be what they seem and for promises to be broken, and you don’t expect a reasonable and transparent process for recourse. It’s harder for markets to function and economies to develop in low-trust societies. It’s harder to find or extend credit, and it’s risky to pay in advance." I think Tufekci is right here, and moreover, I think that the low-trust society of the internet is a reflection of a reduction in the amount of trust in our society at large. On the one hand, you have decades of treating poor people as presumptive criminals, now codified in a set of automated systems that produce a "digital poorhouse," that punishes truthfulness and requires everyone in the system to lie to fit the algorithm's expectations. On the other hand, you have the stacking of regulatory position with henhouse foxes, business leaders who are drafted in to regulate their former colleagues (something that Trump accelerated, but which reflects a bipartisan consensus). Meanwhile, inequality creates rampant corruption and even when the rich and powerful are caught red-handed, they walk away without any consequences. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Casio PRO TREK WSD-F30 Android WearOS smartwatch review http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2189294-casio-pro-trek-wsd-f30-android-wearos-smartwatch-review.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2189294-casio-pro-trek-wsd-f30-android-wearos-smartwatch-review.html REVIEW – Casio manufactures a wide range of electronic goods, from calculators to musical instruments. But I would argue, Casio is best known for their wrist watches…particularly their G-SHOCK line. For decades the G-SHOCK has been one of the goto watches for rugged dependability. A watch engineered to survive a march thru hell and back …

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Microsoft's dual-screen tablet could run Android apps http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189283-microsofts-dual-screen-tablet-could-run-android-apps.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189283-microsofts-dual-screen-tablet-could-run-android-apps.html Microsoft could release a radically different Surface as early as the first half of 2020. Rumors about a dual-screen tablet have been circulating since last year, and the company reportedly showed a similar device to employees earlier this month. Now...
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"PM for a day": dissident Tories plan to bring down the government the day after Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189273-qpm-for-a-dayq-dissident-tories-plan-to-bring-down-the-government-the-day-after-boris-johnson-becomes-prime-minister.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189273-qpm-for-a-dayq-dissident-tories-plan-to-bring-down-the-government-the-day-after-boris-johnson-becomes-prime-minister.html Boris Johnson -- a racist, sexist, homophobic lying buffoon who has been repeatedly caught out using lies to sway public opinion -- is now, incredibly, tipped to become the leader of the Conservative Party and thus the Prime Minister of the UK (this is because outgoing PM Theresa May totally bungled Brexit, and the UK's form of parliamentary democracy lets the ruling party fill the PM's seat with a vote of party members, and the British Tories have become the swivel-eyed racist loony party, and Boris is the perfect nominee for King of the Racist Swivel-Eyed Loons). One legacy of Theresa May's incompetence is the slender Conservative majority in Parliament, which only exists thanks to a tie-up with the authoritarian religious fanatics of the DUP, who had to be bought off with a one billion pound state giveaway. The situation is so fragile that a defection from even a few Conservative MPs could bring down the government with a no-confidence vote that could result in another general election being called -- with a strong possibility that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party will form the next government. Enter the Conservative Party itself, whose membership and Parliamentary caucus are both deeply divided between run-of-the-mill bigots, oligarchs, bootlickers, virulent racists, temporarily embarrassed millionaires, colonialism larpers, misogynists, dominionists, islamophobes, homophobes, posh boys, and garden variety Little Englanders. With just a tiny bit of dissent -- three MPs -- the party could pull off that no-confidence vote, which Labour has promised to call the day after the election. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Skinny rolling storage cart to fit between washer dryer http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/34/2189293-skinny-rolling-storage-cart-to-fit-between-washer-dryer.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/34/2189293-skinny-rolling-storage-cart-to-fit-between-washer-dryer.html

I participated in the Spring One Room Challenge and decided to tackle remodeling my laundry room.  My laundry room is very small and I needed to add some extra storage but didn’t have much space to work with.  In between my washer and dryer I had a whopping 11″ and when I saw that IKEA makes […]

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How to try Firefox Client Side Decorations (CSD) on Ubuntu http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2189303-how-to-try-firefox-client-side-decorations-csd-on-ubuntu.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2189303-how-to-try-firefox-client-side-decorations-csd-on-ubuntu.html In this article, we will see how to enable the Firefox client-side decoration feature on Ubuntu.{loadposition fake}

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BET+ streaming service launches this fall with Tyler Perry's help http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189284-bet-streaming-service-launches-this-fall-with-tyler-perrys-help.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189284-bet-streaming-service-launches-this-fall-with-tyler-perrys-help.html The rumor was true -- BET is launching a streaming service. The newly official BET+ is due to launch in the fall and will work closely with Tyler Perry Studios to offer a host of African American-focused on-demand video to subscribers. In addition to...
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These Seals are Singing for Science http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189274-these-seals-are-singing-for-science.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189274-these-seals-are-singing-for-science.html As you may have noticed, a number of bird species have proven capable of mimicking snippets of sound they overhear, be it a melody, the wail of an ambulance or a dirty phrase taught to them by some drunk fella at a party. But here's the thing: most mammals suck at it. Not so seals. They're able to reproduce the sounds they hear, even if they're outside of their regular vocal range. In this video, these seals, who were schooled by scientists from the University of St. Andrews, are captured barking out the Star Wars theme song and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It's adorable! It's also a part of some pretty important research that could eventually lead to a greater under standing of speech disorders in humans. This sort of stuff's beyond me, but Gizmodo's George Dvorsky does a damn fine job of breaking down why the work has the potential to be so important. From Gizmodo: “First, knowing how seals use sounds is important to assess how they are affected by noise created by human activities such as shipping or marine construction,” he explained. “This, in turn, will help us to manage wild populations more carefully. Second, studying how vocal learning works in seals and how it might be naturally impaired in some individuals can help to understand vocal development and its limitations in other mammalian learners that use similar structures, such as humans.” It's a lengthy story, but it's fascinating stuff--if you've got a few minutes to kill, taking a read of it is definitely worth your time. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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GL.iNet GL-X750 Spitz mini router review http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2189295-glinet-gl-x750-spitz-mini-router-review.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2189295-glinet-gl-x750-spitz-mini-router-review.html MINI REVIEW – Firstly let me clarify, this is not a “Spitz Mini” review, it’s a Spitz  “mini review”. That being said, just like all the GL.iNet  range of products this is small, not your normal size router.  Why a mini review?  Because unlike a normal router, there’s a heap of different factors that will …

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Samsung's new SmartThings camera and smart plug don't need the hub http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189285-samsungs-new-smartthings-camera-and-smart-plug-dont-need-the-hub.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189285-samsungs-new-smartthings-camera-and-smart-plug-dont-need-the-hub.html Samsung is adding a camera, a WiFi smart plug and a smart bulb to its range of SmartThings devices available in the US. The indoor camera has full HD and HDR capabilities -- plus, it has a 145-degree view to be able to monitor a wider part of your ho...
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Google’s new curriculum teaches kids how to detect disinformation http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189286-googles-new-curriculum-teaches-kids-how-to-detect-disinformation.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189286-googles-new-curriculum-teaches-kids-how-to-detect-disinformation.html When Google launched its "Be Internet Awesome" curriculum for educators a couple of years ago, it focused its efforts on teaching children about online safety. This year, however, the company is adding a new component to its campaign: media literacy....
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Amazon Echo Show 5 review: An Alexa display with alarm clock smarts http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189287-amazon-echo-show-5-review-an-alexa-display-with-alarm-clock-smarts.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189287-amazon-echo-show-5-review-an-alexa-display-with-alarm-clock-smarts.html When Amazon introduced the second-gen Echo Show display last year, it was a huge upgrade over the original, with a built-in browser, better sound and more video options than before. Just months later, however, and Amazon has released a new model call...
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How to Install Phorum with Nginx on Fedora 30 http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2189304-how-to-install-phorum-with-nginx-on-fedora-30.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2189304-how-to-install-phorum-with-nginx-on-fedora-30.html  HowToForge: Phorum is a PHP and MySQL based Open Source forum software.{loadposition fake}

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Daimler forced to recall more Mercedes cars in emissions cheat probe http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189288-daimler-forced-to-recall-more-mercedes-cars-in-emissions-cheat-probe.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189288-daimler-forced-to-recall-more-mercedes-cars-in-emissions-cheat-probe.html Things are getting worse for German auto manufacturer Daimler after local newspaper Bild reported that the company is recalling a further 60,000 Mercedes cars.
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info@lastminutegeek.com (Administrator) frontpage Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:31:00 +0000
Raspberry Pi 4 http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189275-raspberry-pi-4.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189275-raspberry-pi-4.html The fourth incarnation of the wonderful Raspberry Pi is upon us. A faster quard-core CPU, up to 4GB of RAM, gigabit ethernet and dual HDMI outputs are the upgrades; there's USB-C too, but just for power. The CPU boost is a big deal, say early users, but dual-4k displays and 4x the RAM bring it squarely into the realm of everyday desktop computing. Still $35; the 4GB model is $55. Seriously look at this. True Gigabit Ethernet speed on Raspberry Pi 4. Raspberry Pi 3B: 94MB/sRaspberry Pi 3B+: 285MB/sRaspberry Pi 4B: 930MB/s pic.twitter.com/WWWIFcDpoV — Ben Nuttall (@ben_nuttall) June 24, 2019 Raspberry Pi 4 is here! A tiny, dual-display desktop computer, with three RAM variants to choose from, and all the hackability you know and love. On sale now from the familiar price of $35: https://t.co/d9iwVidexm #RaspberryPi4 pic.twitter.com/4fll4gx1Ax — Raspberry Pi (@Raspberry_Pi) June 24, 2019 Raspberry Pi 4 is here! Set mine up and here it is, streaming iPlayer pic.twitter.com/FXm4yOFVSF — Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) June 24, 2019 Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Bill Gates claims his ‘greatest mistake’ was not beating Android http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189289-bill-gates-claims-his-greatest-mistake-was-not-beating-android.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/32/2189289-bill-gates-claims-his-greatest-mistake-was-not-beating-android.html Bill Gates has spoken candidly about his regrets as the leader of Microsoft, most particularly the company's attempts to build a dominant mobile OS. As reported by The Verge, during an interview at venture capital firm Village Global, Gates said "the...
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Mickey and Minnie speak Thai in retro cartoon short "Our Floating Dreams" http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189276-mickey-and-minnie-speak-thai-in-retro-cartoon-short-qour-floating-dreamsq.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189276-mickey-and-minnie-speak-thai-in-retro-cartoon-short-qour-floating-dreamsq.html If you haven't seen them already, do check out Disney's Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts. They're delightfully retro and great under-five-minute escapes. The latest one, Our Floating Dreams, has Mickey and Minnie speaking Thai! (Likecool) Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Enter to win an iPad Pro or save big on refurbished iPads http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189277-enter-to-win-an-ipad-pro-or-save-big-on-refurbished-ipads.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/31/2189277-enter-to-win-an-ipad-pro-or-save-big-on-refurbished-ipads.html Looking for a new tablet? If you haven't upgraded in a while, it might be time to check out the latest iPad Pro for two very good reasons. First, the 2018 model is a real workhorse. The 12X Bionic chip processor means it can handle any task you set out for it, and still have plenty of speed left over for gaming or streaming video (which both look great on the liquid retina display). Not to mention great new features like Face ID and a magnetic Apple Pencil mount which also charges up that peripheral. The second reason? If you're feeling lucky, you could get one for free. Sign up below and you'll be eligible for a free iPad Pro, plus an Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. That's everything you need to make this versatile piece of hardware your new workstation. No need to wait for your lucky number to come up, though. As new iPads hit the market, there are tons of refurbished models popping up. Here are a few of the greatest hits we found from Apple's tablet line, all priced to move: iPad There's nothing like the classics. The flagship tablet in Apple's fleet is still the perfect size for a range of uses, including gaming and live chat. Even the older 2012 models pack plenty of storage for photos and video, and the iPad 5's screen was a definite step up that showed off the possibilities of its 8MP iSight camera. Apple iPad 5 9.7" 32GB WiFi Space Gray (Certified Refurbished) Apple iPad 3 9.7" 64GB WiFi Black (Refurbished) iPad Mini When the Mini was released in 2012, it was seen as the perfect traveling companion. Read the rest {loadposition fake}

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Nonda ZUS Smart Dash Cam review http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2189296-nonda-zus-smart-dash-cam-review.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/58/2189296-nonda-zus-smart-dash-cam-review.html REVIEW – I’ve reviewed quite a few different dash cams in the past. When the Nonda Smart Dash Cam review came along I saw that it was quite a bit different in form factor and jumped at the opportunity to review something a little different – and different it was! What is it? The Nonda …

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Linux productivity: Why it's needed and the top 10 apps http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2189305-linux-productivity-why-its-needed-and-the-top-10-apps.html http://www.lastminutegeek.com/english/77-linuxtoday/2189305-linux-productivity-why-its-needed-and-the-top-10-apps.html In this article, we will cover why increasing productivity on your Linux machine is important, along with the Top 10 apps to do so.{loadposition fake}

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